While many of the practical support needs are being met in communities by existing networks - we are seeing some new volunteer opportunities emerging as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drivers with the Irish Wheelchair Association: Currently the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) are looking for a bank of drivers who may be required to transport [...]
Mental Health Ireland (https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/) is encouraging the country to stay connected, keep communicating, and to reassure themselves and each other during COVID-19 lockdown and beyond. They have developed a series of resources designed to help people support their own mental health and that of their loved ones during these challenging times. Resources include: Five Ways to [...]
It has been a challenging week for everyone. Read here about how Sligo Volunteer Centre are able to help the local community whether you wish to volunteer, are a new local community response group or an existing group who now needs more volunteers
Together, Volunteer Ireland and the network of Volunteer Centres, want to let you know how we are working collectively with all relevant government Departments, national organisations plus local community groups to support the response to the management of COVID-19. We commend and value the community based volunteer response that is mobilising and want to provide both [...]
We have listened to your feedback and would love to get as many of you as possible involved in making your own submission to the Department of Rural and Community Development on the Draft Volunteering Strategy. Along with our colleagues in the network of Volunteer Centres and Volunteer Ireland we have developed a Key Messaging Document that you can personalise and make a submission on the strategy.
At this time of year we often get calls from people who want to do something for the homeless on Christmas Day. The reality is that we have limited options available for them. The reason for this is that the charities who work with the homeless in Sligo have year-round volunteers who stay involved over Christmas. [...]
Good Governance is about creating a culture in an organisation. Sligo Volunteer Centre earned a Good Governance Award for their governance initiative in upskilling all Trustees on their role and the Charities Regulator Governance Code. The aim is to empower Trustees and take the 'fear' out of Governance.
Sligo County Council Cathaoirleach’s Awards were recently launched in County Hall. The Awards scheme was introduced to honour people who have given special, voluntary service to their community. The Award categories are: Arts & Culture Young Enterprise of Sligo Award Sports Schools – Group/Class Each category winner will be awarded with a specially commissioned presentation piece [...]
An exciting new programme to encourage particularly older people to go along to the theatre and have a ready made social network to go with! Open day on 3rd October 11am-2pm in the Hawkswell to find out more.
Nominations are now open for the Volunteer Ireland Awards. There are 10 categories that you can nominate people in and there is a special commendation for Volunteer Manager of the Year as well. Everyone who is nominated gets an acknowledgement card from Volunteer Ireland. It is simple to nominate - come on Sligo - lets get some nominations in.